Sunday, July 1, 2007
Tilt Toward Macro
Tilt-shift lenses provide faster shutter speeds and wider apertures for close-up photography
Whether they call it macro, close-up or micro, many photographers are attracted to intimate photography. The opportunity to observe natural subjects and to photograph them, at life-size or larger, is a magical experience. Close-up subjects can appear unfamiliar and otherworldly, flowers can become abstractions, and insects can take on enormous proportions.
With ordinary lenses, only closing down the aperture, which requires slower shutter speeds for correct exposures, increases maximum depth of field. The tilt mechanism of tilt-shift lenses makes it possible to use larger apertures and faster shutter speeds and still keep the entire subject in focus. Breezy conditions become much less troublesome, and escaping subjects can be photographed with less risk of blur.
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